This course will provide the acupuncturist with the clinical skills to test for orthopedic conditions appropriately and accurately. The orthopedic and manual muscle tests selected for this training are easy to implement for any acupuncturist. And they are relevant to the clinic environment, regardless of previous orthopedic background. The instructors, Derrick McBride and Whitfield Reaves, believe understanding the anatomical nature of orthopedic conditions is the first step to precisely treating pain and injuries.
These courses are organized to be viewed in order, as an entire series Orthopedic and Muscle Testing for the Acupuncturist. We strongly recommend that the practitioner complete the courses of this series from beginning to end.
In Course 1, Derrick McBride lectures on the proper way to perform the test and possible positive findings for each test. High definition videos of each test are used to demonstrate. Helpful tips on positioning, cueing, and other clinical tricks to ensure reliable testing conditions are emphasized. The instructor often comments on clinical relevancy and real-life applications, especially for the Acupuncturist. Course 1 covers Orthopedic and Muscle Tests of the Low Back and Hip. The following topics are covered:
(1) Dural Root Involvement of the Lumbar Spine
(2) Sacroilliac Joint Dysfunctions
(3) Primary Stabilizers of the Lumbar Spine
(4) Hip Joint Assessments
(5) Soft Tissue Nerve Entrapment
(6) Hip Stability Assessments
(7) Hip Bursitis
(8) Hip Flexors
(9) Hip Extensors
(10) Hip Rotators
(11) Hip Abductors
(12) Hip Adductors
Whitfield Reaves’ series Mastering the Treatment of Injury and Pain covers in depth techniques for treatment of the conditions. Students should consider using these series together for a complete understanding of assessment and treatment of orthopedic conditions. Courses 5 and 6 of Whitfield's Mastering the Treatment of Injury and Pain correspond to the topics covered in this course, the Low Back and Hip.
Participants will understand how orthopedic and muscle testing should be utilized in an acupuncture setting. An in depth knowledge of when to perform the different tests and how that can help drive treatment strategy will be emphasized.
Participants will feel comfortable with appropriate positioning and cuing for all tests covered. Specific instructions on how to best instruct the patient to produce force or resist force given the test, will be explicitly outlined.
Participants will be able to accurately and effectively conduct orthopedic and muscle testing for the low back. The student will be taught the tests using verbal instruction, written instruction, and visual instruction.
0 hrs - 30 min
A Introduction of the course begins by defining orthopedic and muscle tests and give examples we will cover in this course. We cover the importance of testing and how to implement it within the acupuncture clinic setting.
30 min - 45 min
The first tests covered are the Straight Leg Raise and Crossed Straight Leg Raise Tests. These tests are for assessing neural involvement from the Lumbar Spine.
45 min - 1 hrs
Next we will cover SI Joint tests. The tests covered are Supine SI Joint Stress Tests, Prone SI Joint Stress Test, and Yeoman's Test.
1 hrs - 1.25 hrs
We discuss manual muscle testing of the Transverse Abdominus. A description of the muscular actions, how to conduct the test and positive findings are covered.
1.25 hrs - 1.5 hrs
We discuss manual muscle testing of the Quadratus Lumborum. A description of the muscular actions, how to conduct the test and positive findings are covered.
1.5 hrs - 2 hrs
The first hip section covers the hip orthopedic tests Thomas Test and FABER tests. With these tests, we're assessing hip flexor range of motion, hip joint range of motion, hip rotator range of motion, and adductor range of motion.
2 hrs - 2.5 hrs
Next we cover the hip orthopedic tests Trendelenburg Sign, Piriformis and Trochanteric Bursitis assessment. With these tests we are assessing hip stability, possible nerve entrapment from the hip, and a common inflammatory condition of the hip.
2.5 hrs - 3 hrs
We discuss manual muscle testing of the psoas and gluteus maximus. A description of the muscular actions, how to conduct the tests and positive findings are covered.
3 hrs - 3.5 hrs
We discuss manual muscle testing of the main Adductors and Abductors of the hip. A description of the muscular actions, how to conduct the tests and positive findings are covered.
3.5 hrs - 3.75 hrs
In the final section I introduce bigger concepts of movement patterns of the hip. An in depth conversation of the functional and complete actions of the glutues medius is covered.
3.75 hrs - 4 hrs
We conclude the course with a review, corrections, and additional comments of the previously covered tests. The review will allow the student to quickly reference specific tests and to quickly review assessment for segments of the body.
Derrick McBride is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Strength and Conditioning Coach with a private practice in Denver, CO. He specializes in bringing orthopedic testing, muscle testing, movement assessments, and corrective exercise programming in a systematic, digestible, and clinically effective way.
In practice for over 30 years, Whitfield Reaves, OMD, L.Ac., specializes in the field of sports medicine. Being in the forefront of the acupuncture sports medicine field, Whitfield's experience includes working with athletes at the 1984 LA Olympic Games and other sport competitions; an author, he teaches internationally as well.
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